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Evening Newscast 12-07-16

Dec 7, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Medical marijuana advocates won a victory in court Wednesday.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that there have been three times the number of norovirus outbreaks usually reported during this time of year. 

Montana lawmakers got a financial checkup on state pensions Tuesday.

Evening Newscast 12-06-16

Dec 6, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Environmental groups are seeking to defend a new federal rule that would restrict how oil companies burn off excess natural gas extracted from public lands.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality announced today that Moore Oil, Inc. has agreed to resolve multiple violations at one of the company’s facilities in Libby.

Governor Steve Bullock’s nearly $10-billion-dollar budget proposal could mean Montanans will end up paying a little more for wine and cigarettes. Medical pot, too.

Evening Newscast 12-05-16

Dec 5, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The results of a voter approved constitutional initiative were certified today by the Secretary of State. But officials did not say when the crime victims’ rights amendment takes effect. 

Federal officials have approved a $57 million dam and fish bypass on the Yellowstone River, but construction can't proceed until a judge signs off.

Western Montana’s major suicide prevention collaborative relaunched under a new name today.

Evening Newscast 12-02-16

Dec 2, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Debate over the constitutional amendment voters passed this year has now turned into a lawsuit filed with the Montana Supreme Court.

Montana officials working to identify and contain invasive mussel populations are prohibiting the launch or removal of boats and docks from the Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs.

The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren't stuck footing the bill.

Evening Newscast 12-01-16

Dec 1, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom is stepping down effective December 31st, as the university continues to face declining enrollments and budget cuts.

An audit of the Office of the State Public Defender found the agency doesn't know how much money criminal defendants owe the agency, and that the office is not trying to collect the money while facing a three and a half million dollar budget shortfall. 

Workers who lost their jobs when the Weyerhaeuser Company shuttered its lumber and plywood mills in Columbia Falls are now eligible to apply for federal benefits.

Evening Newscast 11-30-16

Nov 30, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Gov. Steve Bullock's budget proposal for the next two years includes a 10 percent cut for the Montana Highway Patrol — a 7.7 million dollar reduction that would mean the loss of 27 jobs, most of them troopers.

Modular homes that are left over from the boom in the Bakken oilfields will soon be helping house people in Missoula.

Gov. Steve Bullock declared a natural resource emergency today following the detection of aquatic invasive mussels in the state.

Evening Newscast 11-29-16

Nov 29, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Two bulls on a Beaverhead County ranch have tested positive for brucellosis.

The superintendent of Yellowstone National Park says he expects visitor numbers to continue to grow but that he's gotten better at managing the crowds.

A defense attorney says a mentally disabled Colorado man serving a 100-year prison term in a Montana teacher's murder should be transferred to the custody of state mental health officials.

Evening Newscast 11-28-16

Nov 28, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana Representative Ryan Zinke is considering a 2018 run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Jon Tester.

An attorney for a newspaper and an advocacy group will try to persuade a federal judge to strike down a 14-year-old court order that made settlement talks on Butte's ongoing mining waste cleanup confidential.

The federal government released rules today designed to help states improve schools and narrow achievement gaps.

Evening Newscast 11-23-16

Nov 23, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The federal government this week rejected Montana’s request to further delay implementation of the Real ID Act.

The Office of The Commissioner of Higher Education says UM needs to further reduce its faculty and staff numbers to match its lower enrollment numbers.

Montana's commissioner of political practices says state wildlife officials violated ethics laws by allowing the Montana Trappers Association to use state equipment to campaign against a ballot measure in 2014.

Evening Newscast 11-22-16

Nov 22, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Missoula employees will now be able to take six weeks of paid maternity leave.

A state lawmaker who was found to have accepted illegal corporate campaign contributions has appealed his $68,000 fine to the Montana Supreme Court.

A Republican state lawmaker has filed a wrongful discharge lawsuit alleging his refusal to support certain bills during the 2015 Legislature got him fired from a sales job he'd held for more than 15 years.

Evening Newscast 11-21-16

Nov 21, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A representative of a company seeking to mine for gold near Yellowstone National Park says a halt on new mining claims in the area appears designed to sink the project.

The state commissioner of political practices rejected an ethics complaint against Governor Steve Bullock, saying it was filed too late, did not state a potential violation of ethics law, and that its unlawful release was clearly an attempt to embarrass the governor as he sought re-election.

Dakota Access Pipeline protesters backed off from another potential confrontation with law enforcement Monday afternoon.

Evening Newscast 11-18-16

Nov 18, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will visit Montana Monday to make an announcement about public land conservation near Yellowstone National Park.

Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment held steady at 4.3 percent in October, compared to the national rate of 4.9 percent. 

An attorney for Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl says Motl will dismiss an ethics complaint filed against Governor Steve Bullock next week. 

Evening Newscast 11-17-16

Nov 17, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana Department of Corrections director Mike Batista says he will step down, as Governor Steve Bullock meets with his cabinet members about whether they will remain for his second term.

A legislative committee is recommending the state spend a million dollars on suicide prevention efforts over the next two budget years.

Wildlife officials have moved one step closer to removing the Yellowstone grizzly population from the Endangered Species Act by approving a future conservation strategy.

Evening Newscast 11-16-16

Nov 16, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

It was a big day for the Blackfeet tribe today.

Wednesday morning, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a negotiated settlement with an energy company to cancel oil and gas leases in the Badger Two Medicine area considered sacred to the tribe.

The Blackfeet water rights compact passed out of a key House committee Wednesday, moving next to the full House.

A Blackfeet woman who led a 15-year legal fight against the federal government over mismanagement of Indian trust funds will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the nation's highest civilian honor.

Evening Newscast 11-15-16

Nov 15, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Republican legislative leaders are calling the budget Montana Governor Steve Bullock released today unrealistic in a time of declining revenues.

Demonstrators across the nation Tuesday, Nov. 15, rallied against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Officials say an Oregon man who died after falling into a scalding Yellowstone National Park hot spring was looking for a place to "hot pot," the forbidden practice of soaking in one of the park's thermal features.

Evening Newscast 11-14-16

Nov 14, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The newly elected Republican leaders of the Montana Legislature say the upcoming session will be focused on a tightening state budget. 

County election offices were scheduled to start counting provisional ballots Monday afternoon.

About 80 people gathered on the north steps of the capitol today to let Governor Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox know they don't like Montana police being sent to help with security around the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota.

Evening Newscast 11-10-16

Nov 10, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Glacier National Park officials have temporarily closed boating on park lakes as a precautionary response to the discovery of larvae from invasive mussels in Montana waters for the first time.

Authorities are taking steps to revoke the probation of Barry Beach, a convicted murderer, who was granted clemency last year then jailed this week for a felony violation.

Evening Newscast 11-09-16

Nov 9, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

This morning, Governor Steve Bullock won a second term, and secured the Democrats' 12-year hold on the governor's office for another four years by defeating Republican challenger Greg Gianforte. 

Montana voters may have successfully reversed severe restrictions state lawmakers imposed on medical marijuana, but patients will have to wait nearly eight months before they can step into a dispensary again. 

The Gallatin County sheriff says he might not take four deputies to North Dakota, as he’d planned, to help law enforcement officers keep the peace during the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Evening Newscast 11-07-16

Nov 7, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Governor Steve Bullock and Republican challenger Greg Gianforte are wrapping up a bruising campaign as Bullock tries to keep his seat as one of only 18 Democratic governors in the nation. 

Incumbent Republican Ryan Zinke is seeking tomorrow to hold off a challenge from Democrat Denise Juneau, and maintain a two-decade Republican lock on Montana's sole U.S. House seat. 

A Texas man who was convicted of killing a southwestern Montana man and shooting two others a year ago has been sentenced to 100 years in prison.

Evening Newscast 11-04-16

Nov 4, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Attorneys for two death-row inmates are questioning whether Montana Department of Justice officials told a witness to change his testimony in a case to halt lethal injections.

Gallatin County voters who haven't returned their absentee ballots will be able to drop them off on Election Day at tents outside the courthouse.

A Great Falls man who pleaded guilty to shooting another man at point-blank range while high on methamphetamine has been sentenced to 100 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Evening Newscast 11-03-16

Nov 3, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

An organization to elect conservative judges has complied with the Montana commissioner of political practices order to report its contributions and spending in a state Supreme Court election.

A new analysis shows that Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte has aired more campaign ads than any other state candidate in the nation.

A $4.2 billion U.S. Air Force contract has been awarded to a subsidiary of the tribally owned S&K Technologies.

Evening Newscast 11-02-16

Nov 2, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana's Supreme Court has ruled that citizens have a right to trial by jury before the state can take private property in civil forfeiture cases.

A federal appeals court has upheld a decision blocking two Montana logging projects to protect the Canada lynx.

An organization that has spent $268,000 to influence a Montana Supreme Court election says it doesn't need to register as a political committee with the state.

Evening Newscast 11-01-16

Nov 1, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

U.S. officials say a program to return land on American Indian reservations to tribal control likely will run out of money before millions of eligible acres are addressed.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has found that recent mail thefts in Billings have not targeted ballots.

The Democratic Governors Association is spending heavily to oppose Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte and to support Montana Democrats in the final days before the elections.

Evening Newscast 10-31-16

Oct 31, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A man convicted of vandalizing a Kalispell clinic that offered abortions is disputing the $642,000 in restitution he was ordered to pay. 

Missoula County officials have released the names of three Missoula residents who were killed in a head-on collision near the airport Saturday afternoon.

Two men accused of robbing a Missoula convenience store, carjacking a family from Washington state and shooting at police during a pursuit are expected to plead guilty next week. 

Evening Newscast 10-28-16

Oct 28, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Roaring Lion Fire near Hamilton that burned more than 13 square miles of forest and destroyed sixteen homes this summer, was caused by a campfire that wasn’t fully extinguished.

The mother of a man killed during a confrontation with law enforcement in a Billings hotel says she does not hold the police responsible for his death. 

Governor Steve Bullock says he agrees with citizens who are upset that a man was sentenced to 60 days in jail for raping his 12-year-old daughter, but says his office has no authority to investigate or override the decision. 

Evening Newscast 10-27-16

Oct 27, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham


The Billings Police Chief says the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office will investigate the fatal police shooting of a man in a hotel office after he turned towards officers with a gun.

A Red Lodge High School science teacher wants you to get out and vote. For her. Kate Belinda is hoping to get a wind turbine from Southern California to the high school, through a contest being put on by an insurance company.

Evening Newscast 10-26-16

Oct 26, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana's secretary of state says election rigging is a conspiracy theory comparable to Elvis Presley faking his death or the U.S. government covering up a UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico.

A group that represents independent cattle ranchers wants more say in how beef is marketed in the United States.

Montana's commissioner of political practices says a marijuana industry association violated campaign laws by filing multiple reports late.

Evening Newscast 10-25-16

Oct 25, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The National Education Association is spending more than half-a-million dollars to defeat a ballot initiative in Montana's election.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is scheduled to stop in Billings this weekend to campaign for U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke.

American Indian tribes in Washington State are calling on President Barack Obama to overhaul the way the federal government consults with tribes on fossil fuel export and other projects.

Evening Newscast 10-24-16

Oct 24, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte has now spent over 5 million dollars of his own money to fuel his campaign against Democratic Governor Steve Bullock.

A second woman is accusing a former Helena police officer of sexually assaulting her while she worked as a confidential informant.

Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 4.3 percent in September, while the national rate moved up a tenth of a percentage point to 5 percent.

Evening Newscast 10-21-16

Oct 21, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana's chief justice and two dozen other current and former judges say an outside group's attacks on a judge running for Supreme Court could threaten the integrity and independence of the judiciary. 

The Crow tribe and the state of Montana have settled litigation going back 38 years over whether the state can tax coal that is owned by the tribe.

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch says there is no question that Montana's Nov. 8th elections will be fairly run, but she is advising voters to mail or hand their ballots directly to their election office.